Anaesthetic Technician

 

JOB OVERVIEW

  • check and set up life support and anaesthetic machines

  • inform and reassure patients, and check for conditions that could create problems under anaesthesia

  • help anaesthetists place patients’ breathing tubes and intravenous lines

  • help anaesthetists administer anaesthetics, including local anaesthetics and nerve blocks

  • watch patients and monitor their vital signs (such as heartbeat)

  • decontaminate, sterilise or dispose of equipment and materials used in operations

  • assist with care after operations and insert catheters into patients.

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

Anaesthetic technicians need to have knowledge of:
• operating theatre procedures and protocols
• anaesthetic and nerve-blocking machines, life support machines, other equipment and drugs
• emergency procedures, and how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
• human anatomy, physiology and biophysics
• physical and medical conditions that may put patients at risk during anaesthesia.

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

Must be registered, or in the process of registering, with/by the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand.

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